Sri Lanka vs India 2017: Team India are Like All Blacks – Nic Pothas
After yet another drubbing at the hands of India, Sri Lanka’s interim coach Nic Pothas could have said very little at the post-match press-conference, but not surprisingly he ended up heaping lavish praise on the visitors. India, who were ruthless from day one of the tour which they ended with an impressive victory for them in the one-off T20I on Wednesday (September 6).
India entered the T20I on the back of eight consecutive victories (3 Tests and 5 ODIs) against the Islanders and barring the initial few overs when Sri Lankan batsmen came out all guns blazing, the visitors dominated the proceedings in Colombo, as they won the match by seven wickets.
Speaking after the match, Pothas refrained from commenting much on the match but praised the Indian team’s quality.
“You’ve got to look at the quality they have on that side. It’s a side with immense quality. It’s always going to be tough to compete against them or to try and beat them. They do so many things very well. You see how Virat Kohli runs between the wickets. You see the respect he commands on the field as a leader. He’s a role model to people, and he pulls people with him. When you look at the way they go about their work and the culture that Virat has created within that team, it’s very, very impressive,” Pothas said.
In fact, Pothas was so impressed with India’s dominant display that he compared Virat Kohli & Co. with arguably the most successful rugby team in the world: the All Blacks.
“You look at their team, and they are very All-Black-like. There’s a lot of respect for the opposition. They are very ruthless in the way they go about their work. Their work-ethic is immense. They are what a lot of teams aspire to be. The most important thing for us is learning from our mistakes, but most importantly, learning from them,” Pothas said.
Pothas further hoped that the inexperienced Sri Lankan players would learn from the experience of playing against the formidable Indian side.
“We’ve got a lot of good players in this team. It’s just a matter of giving them the confidence and the belief that they are very good players and will become world-class players,” he said.
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